The major themes published in this special issue are: i) Political party development (C.Mulenga and E. Bwalya) ii) Electoral administration in Zambia 1991-2001 (L.Rakner) iii) The role of district committees for voter mobilisation (P- Lolojih and C. Chibaye) iv) The gender dimension of the 2001 elections (Mutumba Bull) v) The role of the media ( S. Mwalongo) vi) Voter education and the role of civil society (Mubanga Kashoki and S. Mwale) vii) The role of the Zambian courts (F. Ng'andu and Judge Kabazo Chanda) viii) Economic developments (D. Aarnes and M.Taylor)